Hour 4. Creating a Development Environment

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

What is a LAMP stack?

Setting up a local web server

How to secure your web server

How to choose the right development tools

Background of LAMP Stacks

If you’ve ever built a dynamic web application, it’s no news to you that you need a web server to run your code; you can’t just open files straight from Firefox like static HTML files. Most of the code we write in this book is in PHP, so you’ll need an Apache web server with PHP installed to run the examples. If you already have a development environment in place, you can skip this hour.

So, before we get started, what is LAMP? From Wikipedia:

LAMP is an acronym for a solution stack of free, open source software, ...

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